Writers At Masters
A series bringing you the finest writers of our time.
Presented by The Masters School, Rivertowns Arts Council, and The Hudson Valley Writers' Center.
Events will take place at the Claudia Boettcher Theatre at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry.


Joyce Carol Oates

Thursday, December 4th
8 pm

Introduction by Roxana Robinson

Whether writing about the dark secrets of suburban families, the boxing world, girl gangs, politicians or celebrities, Joyce Carol Oates always excels at creating searing and compelling stories as well as first-rate literature. The power of her work is all the more remarkable when one considers its quantity. Giving new meaning to the word "prolific," her oeuvre includes almost thirty novels (plus eight more as "Rosamond Smith" and two young adult novels), five novellas, twenty story collections, eight poetry collections, numerous plays and essays, and one book for children. This year alone she published two novels plus The Faith of a Writer, in which she discusses aspects of the narrative craft, including inspiration, memory, self-criticism, and the unique power of the unconscious.

Although she is no stranger to the best-seller list, and We Were the Mulvaneys was also an Oprah pick, from the beginning she has had acclaim from the critics as well as the public. Her third novel, them, won the National Book Award, and she is also the recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and many other honors and awards. By age forty she was named a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and became writer-in-residence at Princeton University where is now the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities. In 2003 she was a recipient of the Commonwealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature.

Are we ready for an appearance by this wonder woman? John Updike challenges us by suggesting that she was "perhaps born a hundred years too late. She needs a lustier audience, a race of Victorian word-eaters, to be worthy of her astounding productivity, her tireless gift of self-enthrallment." Bring your lusty enthusiasm for literature and literary genius and let's give her a rousing welcome to Westchester.



Reservations suggested, 914-332-5953 or info@writerscenter.org.
Admission: $12 (members of the Writers' Center or Rivertowns Arts Council and advance purchase $10)
Books will be available for purchase and autographing at a reception afterwards.

The Masters School is located at 49 Clinton Avenue, Dobbs Ferry, NY. Events are held in the Claudia Boettcher Theatre on the campus. Take Route 9 to Clinton Avenue in Dobbs Ferry; go southeast on Clinton, past two campus houses to main entrance of school; turn left at stone marker. The campus is located about one mile from the Dobbs Ferry railroad station on Metro-North's Hudson River Line. Cab service is available.

This series made possible in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Westchester Arts Council with funds from Westchester County Government, corporations and individuals and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. Additional funding provided by the Shelby Cullom Davis Foundation, the Gannett Foundation, and the Bydale Foundation..

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